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Tourism: South West

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Torbay of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 461-2W, on tourism: South West, how much of the £3.5 million will have been provided to each regional development agency between 2008 and 2011; (264426)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1340-1W, on tourism: South West, how much of the £3.5 million funding was allocated to each regional development agency.

[holding answers 18 and 23 March 2009]: Funding for regional development agencies (RDAs) is not ring-fenced for particular economic sectors, such as tourism. However, in each year since 2003-04, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has contributed £3.6 million to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s (DBERR’s) Single Programme budget (the “Single Pot”) in respect of the tourism responsibilities of the eight RDAs outside London.

The Single Pot, which will total approximately £2.2 billion, £2.2 billion and £2.1 billion in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively, is allocated among the RDAs by DBERR. DCMS’s contribution will be £3.5 million, £3.4 million and £3.3 million in these years.